How to make – Okonomiyaki Kit (old shop version)

Okonomiyak kit unspread out at Japan's Kitchen

No joke but, I always joke that this dish was invented by drunk or stoned people. And I’m probably right. The word comes from ‘Okonomi’ meaning ‘what you like’ or ‘how you like’ & yaki meaning ‘cooked’. So, ‘cook what you like’. Tell that to a stoned teenager & you’d probably get a cabbage pancake with bacon or some other meat, some undecipherable brown sauce, mayonnaise, some weird toppings & they’d all laugh at their own creation, eat it & think its delicious. And surprisingly, this time… they nailed it. Welcome to Okonomiyaki.


Okonomiyaki Kit

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'Cook how you like' is the idea that underpins this Japanese savoury cabbage pancake of extraordinary deliciousness. The secret is patience. The heat must be low & slow. I repeat. Low & slow.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Fry Pans
  • Plates
  • Lid for the pan is important


  • 100 gram Okonomiyaki Flour
  • 1 Fresh Egg
  • 150 ml water
  • 300 gram cabbage
  • 50 gram Spring Onion Negi in Japanese
  • 40 gram Tenkasu Rice Bubbles
  • 30 gram Chopped Red Ginger Benishouga
  • 2 slices Bacon

Toppings in the pack

  • Okonomiyaki sauce Secret stuff this
  • Mayonnaise Japanese Mayo uses yokes
  • Katsuo Bushi Smoked dried bonito flakes
  • Red Ginger Benishouga
  • Aonori Dried Seaweed


Watch the video for the method... alternatively follow this...

  • Mix Okonomiyaki flour, egg and 150ml water in a bowl
    *Don’t mix too much. Little lumps are fine.
  • Add Red ginger, Spring Onion, Tenkasu into the bowl, and mix well with a spatula.
  • Preheat a pan and add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and bacon. Cook both sides.
  • Put okonomiyaki batter on the bacon and turn down to medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, Flip!!! Put a lid on and wait another 5 minutes.
    *It’s fine to cook without a lid, however, you might need to cook longer.
  • Decorate in this order, Okonomiyaki sauce, Mayonaise, Katsuobushi, Red ginger, and Aonori.



See... I told you. Drunk food. You can add anything you want to this. SO far we've tried:
  • prawns
  • scallops
  • small dried shrimp
  • octopus
  • kimchi
  • mochi
  • cheese
  • yakisoba noodles
But you could also try:
  • corn
  • mushrooms
  • other fish
  • sliced beef
  • chicken maybe
Keyword Okonomiyaki

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